Rumors about the coronavirus

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Lola Halverson, Editor

During these times, it’s easy to get scared and joke about what has been going on. In reality, we all need to stay safe and know what is real from what is fake. Some are a little crazier than the others, like how sales for certain brands have gone down since they have the word corona in it. In the middle of a pandemic, most people aren’t always making the most beneficial choices, which is one of the main reasons why people make up rumors. In other situations, news reporters might exaggerate certain situations so more people will tune in because they are scared. 

One of the rumors floating around is that within forty-eight to seventy-two hours the president will announce if we evoke the Stafford Act. This warning forces citizens to stock up on anything they might need to stay alive for two weeks without leaving their houses. This is probably why many families around the United States have been stocking up on hand sanitizer, toilet paper, canned foods, etc. The National Security Council confirmed this was indeed a rumor, and that there was no planned national lockdown. 

The next rumor isn’t a good one to be false, but its important to know the truth. Some families have resorted to at-home treatments and believe certain supplements like colloidal silver, essential oils, vitamins, and teas can act as a cure against the pesky virus. The U.S. authorities and scientists quickly put down these rumors and explained that they aren’t approved treatments to fight the virus. As scientists continue to search for a cure and create a vaccine, they ask all of us to stay home, and if you contract the disease to self-quarantine and stay in bed.

Another one of the more known rumors you might still believe is that the symptoms do not match up to those that come with a common cold. Whenever someone around you sneezes or sniffles, you don’t need to completely shield yourself, it’s most likely that they just have a common cold or have allergies. The World Health Organization explains that the most common symptoms are fever, tiredness, and a dry cough. A viral meme also quickly spread that the virus can be killed by stomach acids and can be washed down by water if it is inhabiting your throat. This realistic information is also surprisingly false.

Those were just a few of the hoaxes surrounding the new virus, but I recommend doing research on other information you once thought was real. Watch the news for updates, stay home, wash your hands and stay safe!